Redipor® range of prepared media products

We provide an extensive range of Redipor® pre-poured plates including Petri dishes in 50mm, 90mm and 140mm sizes and contact plates.

Gamma irradiated products are also available.

All prepared media plates are manufactured within our cleanroom facility with quality checks at each stage of the process. Each batch is quarantined after filling, allowed to naturally condition, 100% inspected prior to final packing and can be stored at room temperature.

A sample from each batch is removed for final quality checks with a detailed certificate of analysis provided.

Browse our range of poured culture media products below and contact us to discuss any bespoke formulation requirements.

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Petri dishes – 50mm

Clear polystyrene 50mm Petri dishes for use with membrane filters for applications such as water testing.

Petri dishes – 90mm

Standard 90mm clear polystyrene Petri dishes available with a wide variety of media for laboratory purposes, such as identification and isolation work. Supplied in packs of 10, standard fill is 18ml, alternatives can be provided.

Petri dishes – 140mm

Large 140mm clear polystyrene Petri dishes, typically used for finger dabs or in slit-to-agar samplers.  Supplied in packs of 10 (2 x 5 plates) with a standard fill of 75ml of media.

Contact plates

Manufactured in clear polystyrene, our contact plates feature a grip lid for easier handling and grid markings on the base. Fill volume is approximately 17ml of media to generate the raised meniscus for surface sampling.


Used for sampling of water and surfaces, Dipslides are a low cost, convenient sampling tool. Our supplier packs these in boxes of 10 and the flexible paddle is double sided with a choice of media.


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Asked Questions

What does the use by date mean on Redipor® prepared media?

For Redipor media the Use By date is the last day on which the medium should be inoculated or exposed. Any incubation period that is normal for that product may begin on that day. For example a 14 day sterility test in TSB or a 5 day incubation for a TSA settle plate.

Are there any benefits to dip slides?

Dip slides can be less sensitive than contact plates or swabs and they often have less stringent QC release criteria. However there are circumstances where they have real advantages.

They are convenient and easy to use by the relatively less skilled.
They are ideal for testing water tanks and hygiene monitoring in food preparation and similarly clean but not aseptic environments. Most importantly they are ideal for field use because they are self contained and the slide can be incubated and assessed without opening the device.

How do I melt bottled agar?

Ideally in free steam at 100°C. Alternatively in a waterbath just less than boiling.

It is not recommended to heat bottled agar in a microwave oven or on a hot plate because there is a risk of serious injury from broken glass and hot agar.

Which culture media should I use?

We can provide a great deal of information so that you can make an informed choice.

Our Growth Media Types page provides information on the different types of prepared media and how they are used in environmental monitoring, sterility testing and process validation as a starting point.

For further information on other media and applications, please phone or email us with details.


Why might I want gamma irradiated media?

The sterility of the packaged medium is assured and all but the outer layer of packaging is also sterile. Thus the risk to the environment to be sampled is greatly reduced. There is an additional benefit that the additional packaging and process extends the room temperature shelf life. This can be sufficient reason for small or irregular users to prefer irradiated.

Find more details of our irradiated range here.

What is the maximum exposure time for settle plates?

Settle plates are used to monitor the level of viable particles in the environment through a process of passive air sampling. A viable particle settles on agar plates at a rate dependent on its characteristics and the airflow in the environment.

EU GMP Guide Annex 1 has recommended that 90mm settle plates can be exposed in cleanroom environments for up to 4 hours. However, agar plates may dry out during long exposures where the rate of air exchange is high. So, it might be necessary to use deep filled settle plates, or replace the settle plate after a shorter time to ensure satisfactory growth promotion after exposure.

Is it OK to store prepared media in the fridge?

The storage condition for the majority of our prepared media is Ambient not exceeding 25ºC, the exception being a couple of very specialist products.

We have never specified storage in a fridge for our general media as this causes excessive condensation and can result in a very wet agar surface. This makes the product impossible to use.

View our data sheet on Redipor Storage Conditions.


What is the difference between general purpose and selective growth media?

General purpose media have nutrients that support the growth of most non fastidious culturable microorganisms. Selective growth media contain components that will inhibit the growth of some types of microorganisms, while supporting the growth of others.

General purpose media, such as Tryptone Soya Agar, are used to produce total counts. While selective media, such as XLD for Salmonella species, are used to test presence/absence of specific types of microorganism.

Can I recycle Redipor product packaging?

View our data sheet on recycling Redipor products.


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The Pharmaceutical and Cleanroom Industry's Guide to Prepared Culture Media

A guide to understanding the logistics, best practices and breadth of available prepared media options for varying applications.


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